WINNER — A warrant was issued last week for a Rapid City woman hospitalized after a crash near Winner and charged with recklessly driving with three unrestrained children and meth in her car.
A complaint charging 32-year-old Nicol Burow with two felonies, three misdemeanors and three seat belt violations was filed May 13 in Tripp County.
On the morning of April 30, Burow was involved in a two-vehicle crash on S.D. Highway 44, east of Winner. She and the three children in the 2012 Jeep Patriot with no license plates, ages 6, 4 and 3, were all transported to the Winner Regional Hospital. The 60-year-old male driver of a 2020 West Star semi pulling a flatbed trailer was not reported to be injured.
According to court documents, a witness who had been driving behind Burow and saw the crash occur reportedly said Burow had been driving erratically and had hit the trailer when she crossed into the eastbound lane. The witness and her family reportedly stopped at the scene and found one child in the road and two others inside the vehicle after the crash. A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper noted in a report that the Jeep sustained significant front-end damage and large pieces of debris were spread around the scene.
Positioning of seat belts inside the vehicle led the trooper to believe none of the Jeep's occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The trooper allegedly found between the Jeep's driver's seat and door a small plastic baggie containing residue that field tested positive for meth.
The three children were released from the hospital to a family member on the day of the crash, with no significant injuries to any reported. Tripp County Sheriff Shawn Pettit was reportedly unable to interview Burow at the hospital due to her medical condition. Burow was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital for her injuries.
The Jeep was towed to a lot in Winner. On May 1, troopers allegedly found a lightbulb and loaded syringe in the Jeep's center console, both of which tested positive for meth. A report indicated it isn't known whether those items were in the Jeep on the day of the crash because the lot the vehicle had been towed to was not secured.
Burow is charged with abuse of or cruelty to a minor, a Class 3 felony; possession of meth, a Class 5 felony; reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor; driving without a license and driving without insurance, both of which are class 2 misdemeanors; and three seat belt violations.